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Portable Braille Reader

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The Bookworm is a portable braille reader designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. The size of a portable cassette player, this device enables all kinds of electronic text (e.g., from the Internet, diskette, e-mail, CD-Rom, etc.) to be stored and read on eight concave, built-in Braille elements. The unit stores four megabytes of information (the equivalent of approximately 4,000 print pages or approximately 50 Braille binders) and operates with four buttons (forward, bac

Full-Page Braille Display

---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To develop a full-page, refreshable Braille display for individuals with low-vision or who are blind. Currently, Braille displays typically show only one line of text at time. The researchers at North Carolina State University are working on an electroactive polymer-based Braille display that would enable full-page Braille displays. The researchers have developed a concept called a “hydraulic and latching mechanism,” which allows to raise dots to the correct hei

Haptic Reader

---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of a haptic reader which can convert paper books into Braille or speech for individuals who are blind or have low vision. The Haptic Reader allows individuals with visual impairment to read regular paper books. The device is placed directly on the page of a book, and it scans the text on the page. Using optical character recognition (OCR) software, the Haptic Reader converts the text into braille, which is displayed on the devices refresha

Snail Braille Reader

---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of a Braille reader for individuals how are blind or have low vision. The Snail is a voice output braille reader that is designed to work even on bumpy surfaces. The device can read braille text for immediate playback, or record it for future playback. It can also send its voice output to a Bluetooth headset so that the user can listen to the book without disturbing others. Snail's pressure-sensitive touch pad can be rolled on uneven brail

Parent Category: Braille

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